Governors - What We Do

We are very fortunate in having an excellent Governing body. Governors are very actively involved in the school on a regular basis through their monitoring and evaluating visits, attendance at school events, governors meetings and help in the classroom. They are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have an important role in providing a strategic direction for the school. What we call " Focussing on the big picture" . It is their responsibility to promote high standards and quality teaching and learning experiences for the children.

Our Governors come from all walks of life. They include school staff, parents and volunteers from the community.

Governors - Who We Are

Governing Body
Alan Mulrooney - Chair of Governors - email: chairofgovs@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Rev Norma McKemey - Vice-Chair - Co-opted Governor
Lorraine Walker - Clerk to Governors
Eirian Painter - Headteacher
Caroline Smith - Staff Governor
Calvin Smith - Parent Governor
Bibi Akhtar - Co-opted Governor
Emma Conduit-Adams - Co-opted Governor
Mel Hay - Co-opted Governor
Alyssia Mepstead - Co-opted Governor
Rachel Voyce - Co-opted Governor
Sandra Muir - LA Governor

Please click here for information on the governors, their specific roles and any declarations of interest relating to their role as a governor.

Please click here for information on the attendance of governers at meetings for the 2019/20 school year.



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Chair of Governors, MrAlan Mulrooney

I work in the education sector so get to see first-hand the impact quality teaching and a good school can have on academic and social development. When my child joined early years in September 2017 I felt it was the perfect opportunity to put my skills and experience to good use and joined the governing board.


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Rev Norma McKemeyn - Vice-Chair of Governors

‘Having been a teacher for most of my working life, I have a keen interest in education. When I became an associate minister at Christ Church with St. Mary’s, Old Town it seemed quite a natural step to become a governor for one of the schools in our parish and Lainesmead was the one who took up my offer. I have been a governor for several years now and it has met all my expectations. It’s a great school – staff (teaching and non-teaching) and pupils are a delight to work with and I am extremely proud to be a governor.’


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Caroline Smith - Staff Governor

During my time at Lainesmead, I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as class teacher, Year Group Leader and Subject Co-Ordinator for E-Safety and now History and Geography. I was keen to become Teacher Governor as I wanted to expand my passion of teaching and learning beyond my own classroom to support the wider ethos of the school. I look forward to providing my continued support in order for all Lainesmead pupils to strive, achieve and excel to reach their full potential.


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Calvin Smith - Parent Governor

‘My son’s attendance at Lainesmead Primary has given me the opportunity to engage with some of the staff and Headteacher. In my role as a Parent Governor, I am looking forward to working alongside individuals who are committed to ensuring that the school provides the best learning environment for all of its pupils.’


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Bibi Akhtar - Co-Opted Governor

‘I am Bibi, all of my children attended Lainesmead School. I joined the Governing Body becauseI am happy to help anyone if I can. I like to think every child deserves a good start to life and I feel with the support of teachers/ parents we can achieve this.’


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Mel Hay - Co-Opted Governor

When the eldest of my 2 boys started at Lainesmead in September 2018 I realised I would be involved with the school for the next 10 years, so jumped at the chance to become involved and make a contribution. Working together with the staff and parents within the school community, I want to ensure our children have every opportunity to learn and develop to the best of their abilities.


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Rachel Voyce - Co-Opted Governor

I have two children attending Lainesmead, my eldest joined in September 2017. I am passionate about children's education and I decided to join as a governor to play an active part in ensuring all children reach their full potential. I work in fundraising for a national charity and hope the skills I have will benefit the school and its community.


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Alyssia Mepstead - Co-Opted Governor

'I am very proud to be on the Governing body for Lainesmead as a co-opted governor. I attend the Curriculum committee where I share with governors all the wonderful things the children do as part of a broad and balanced curriculum as well as delving into the data to identify strength and areas for improvement.
I have been a teacher for thirteen years and have been part of Lainesmead’s governing body for several of these. As a class teacher, I was a staff governor. While working at another school, I remained on Lainesmead governing body as I have always felt passionately about the education of the children at this school. I am very happy to once again be a governor now that I am Deputy Headteacher.'


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Emma Conduit-Adams - Co-Opted Governor

‘I’m Emma, I am a co-opted Governor. I wanted to be a Governor as Lainesmead has always been close to my heart, I went to school here and now my son is also; I even planted one of the trees in the Orchard! Outside of my work life as an Internal Auditor I love spending time outdoors with my Husband and two little boys and when I get a spare moment I enjoy running.’


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Sandra Muir - Local Authority Governor

‘I am Headteacher at Lawn Manor Academy, the local secondary school close to Lainesmead. I have been Headteacher there since 2015 and worked in the school since 1999. I know the local area very well and enjoy working within this community. I have a background in music and I am still a keen musician in my spare time.’


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Lorraine Walker - Clerk to the Governors

My name is Lorraine Walker and up until May 2017 I worked at Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery as a Teaching Assistant. I had over 17 great years there. Both of my children went to Lainesmead and now my 2 grandchildren. In October 2018 I became a School Governor which I thoroughly enjoyed. In April 2020 I took over the role of Clerk to the Governors and, although challenging, find it a very worthwhile role.


Governors Contact Details

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please write to them care of the school office or email them at chairofgovs@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Governors Scheme of Delegation

Governors Scheme of Delegation outlines the policy for the delegation of financial powers and the duties of the governing body.

Governors - Minutes of Meetings

Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 3rd February 2021
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 9th December 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 14th October 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting (COVID) held on 26th August 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 8th July 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting (COVID) held on 9th June 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting (COVID) held on 2nd June 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting (COVID) held on 22nd May 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting (COVID) held on 19th May 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 5th February 2020
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 11th December 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 16th October 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 10th July 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 15th May 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 27th March 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 19th March 2019
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 12th December 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 17th October 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 4th July 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 16th May 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 28th March 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 31st January 2018
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 6th December 2017
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 11th October 2017
Minutes of the Full Governors' Meeting held on 5th July 2017